Love One Another As I Have Loved You Podcast
Jesus tells us to love one another as I have loved you. God also commands us to do so. Why? Because they both have unconditional love for us and as God is the creator of all of us, we should obey Him, love Him and all our brothers and sisters as well.
God gave us free will to choose what we want to do with our thoughts, emotions, and how we act. God also gave us instructions on how we should live, think and act towards Him and our brothers and sisters.
If we follow the guidelines that God has laid out for us, we will have and live a happy and prosperous life. God is not trying to run our lives or be mean, He is only looking out for us because our human nature in itself is corrupt and it will lead us to self-destruction. We also have the evil forces of Satan and the fallen angels who hate us and God with a passion.
They are partly responsible for the cause of man’s self-destruction, hate, violence and wars. They are evil, wicked and hellbent on seeing man destroy themselves. They want nothing more than to see us rebel against God. They are deceivers that try to get us to hate one another instead of being peaceful, kind and loving towards one another.
Because of them and our human nature, it is so much easier to follow our pride instead of humbling ourselves. Pride is the root of all sin and it causes us to be self-centered which leads us seperating ourselves from God and our fellowman because we are only thinking about ourselves and what we want.
Imagine if everyone cared about each other first and helped them with their needs. The world would be a much happier place with people caring for each other instead of only caring for themselves. We wouldn’t need rules, laws, boundries, prisons and so forth. There would be no violence, racism, famine, diseases and wars.
War doesn’t necessarily mean two or more nations fighting against each other, or a civil war within a nation, it basically means neighbor against neighbor. We can start a war against anyone simply by letting our pride get the best of us. One way is by being resentful towards another person or a group of people.
Why is it so hard for us to be humble, forgiving, caring and to keep peace within ourselves? Because it takes work, hard work to overcome our pride, change our thought process, control our emotions and behave rationally.
Being at peace with the world gives us freedom from being a slave to the burdens and troubles that the world and the people in it cause us to be. We don’t want to be slaves to anything, but as long as people and the world can control our thoughts, how we feel and how we act, we are slaves.
Man has been fighting for peace and freedom for thousands of years. You know as well as I do that as long as evil is present in this world, the world will never be free or at peace. There will always be one war after another whether it is between nations or neighbor against neighbor. There is only one war that we really need to fight, and that is the one against evil.
The Serenity Prayer says it best, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, the courage to accept the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Acceptance and gratitude are keys to finding peace and freedom within ourselves, but having someone help, guide and teach us is the way to learn how to acquire it.
Jesus is “the Way, the Truth and Life”. God sent Him to help us, to show us a way out of being a slave, to teach how to become humble and to live a life in peace and freedom. You can call on Jesus for help or you can choose to be a slave of the world, that’s why God gave us free will. He’s doesn’t want to force anyone to do something that they don’t want to.
What God has to offer is much different than what the world has to offer. God offers us everlasting life, peace, joy, happiness and freedom from our self-destructive nature, while the world offers us temporary peace, freedom, happiness and death. What value is there to gain the whole world and lose one’s soul?
John 13:34,35, ‘I give you a new commandment: love one another; just as I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples.’